January 27, 2011



It was already noon and I was rushing for the cookies to cool. I woke up early to have enough time to bake, cool and pack the cookies. But in between reading the newspaper, eating breakfast, calling the theater and basically procrastinating, I ended up rushing to finish the cookies. Time management is just not my forte.

My siblings and I were going to watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. It was the very first Harry Potter movie I was going to watch so I was eager to watch it. I just finished reading the books last year. I know, I'm very late in joining the HP Bandwagon.


Fortunately, we managed to get to the theater in time. We bought our tickets and settled in our seats. Snickerdoodles were the only kind of cookie that I brought. I was planning to bake more but I ran out of time. I have to say, they weren't missed.

Together with the cookies we brought a liter of apple-flavored green tea. It's this bottled drink that's sweetened with honey and meant to be drank cold. Apple and cinnamon are definitely a good combination. The green tea was in my sister's bag and the cookies were in mine then we covered them with the rest of our stuff. I'm not sure if bringing food inside the theaters was allowed but I certainly did not want to pay for their overpriced food. We managed to smuggle it in without problems though. Yes, I'm a smuggler now! Unless bringing food is allowed then that just means that we went to all that trouble for nothing.


I love these cookies. They're so soft and full of cinnamon-y goodness. It just melts in my mouth when I bite into it. I've brought this to school once and my friends enjoyed it very much. I wasn't sure at first if they would like it since cinnamon is not a very common flavor here. It's mostly chocolate, vanilla and mocha.

My brother also brought some to school with him and two of his classmates wanted to buy these cookies. It's that good.



I baked my cookies for 11 minutes at 300F and these are smaller than the recipe states. I used a tablespoon of dough and made 28 cookies.

1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
For rolling:
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars with an electric mixer on high speed. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth.

2. In another bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar.

3. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well.

4. Preheat oven to 300 degrees while you let the dough rest for 30 to 60 minutes in the refrigerator. [I preheat the oven when I'm rolling the cookies.]

5. In a small bowl, combine the sugar with the cinnamon for the topping.

6. Take about 2 1/2 tablespoons of the dough and roll it into a ball. Roll this dough in the cinnamon/sugar mixture and press it onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Repeat for the remaining cookies.

7. Bake the cookies for 12 to 14 minutes and no more. The cookies may seem undercooked, but will continue to develop after they are removed from the oven. When the cookies have cooled they should be soft and chewy in the middle.

Makes 16 to 18 cookies.

I love this picture. It looks like the cookies are going to start speaking.

January 21, 2011



Believe it or not, I first ate s'mores only this year. Growing up, our house was not stocked with a lot of junk foods. Chocolate bars were only available when relatives from abroad come home and bring bags of chocolate. Also, it didn't help that s'mores were only some food I see on cartoons.

When my uncle came home from the US, he gave us some Hershey's bars so I bought marshmallows and graham crackers. I roasted the marshmallows on the stovetop and placed it on top of the waiting graham and chocolate. I placed another piece of graham and squished the whole thing. The marshmallow released all this gooey goodness. It was so good!


This time though, I didn't roast the marshmallows, I microwave them instead. I used Meiji Black instead of Hershey's. I have to say, the dark chocolate tastes so much better. It cuts the sweetness of the other elements of the s'mores.

I also used all store-bought ingredients. If it tasted this good without using homemade stuff, I can't imagine what it will taste like if I made my own graham crackers and marshmallows. It will probably blow my freakin' mind! (For all How I Met Your Mother fans out there ;) )

Vampire S'mores!

Oh, wait. Introductions! I'm Marie from the Philippines. I'm eighteen years old majoring in Accounting. I love to bake in my spare time. Hello, world!